Parenting etc

I've been writing this blog since 2008, documenting my parenting struggles and sharing what I've learnt along the way. In that time my kids have gone from being babies and preschoolers to school-kids, adolescents and teenagers. Every stage has its challenges and its joys.

I don't pretend to be any kind of parenting expert, just a struggling mother of three dynamite, quirky kids. What I learn, I share here as I go along. Any great ideas I discover that work, I share here also, like one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread...
Mother-Love 
I'm the Mum Who... 
So I Yelled... 

Parenting
the learning curve

Stuff I'm Learning that's Changing Everything
Never Ever... 
How I Turned my Reluctant Readers into Book Lovers
The Upside of Imperfection
What Kids Learn from Having a Dog

Parenting
growing up

Mister In BeTween
Gobsmacked: The Kids STEP UP
Letting out the Leash
Countdown to a New Era (last baby goes to school)
Baby gets Enrolled
On Falling...
When Being the Youngest gets Tough
Meanness, Vulnerability and Kids on Social Media
The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Oil (learning to speak up)
Detours, Road Blocks & Getting there Eventually
Cheer Up (why I love cheerleading in Spite of myself)
Baby turns Eight and Mum Ponders his Struggles
What Having a Dog is Teaching the Kids

teenage years

Help! I'm the Mother of a Teenager!
A Coming of Age Celebration (13th birthday)
Time Flies: First Day at High School & Intermediate
Parenting at the Pointy End
Flying a Kite is a Bit Like Parenting
How to Throw a Birthday Party for Your Teenager
A tribute to My Daughter on the Eve of her 13th Birthday

quirky kids (dyslexia & adhd)

Taking the Long Way Round
Dyslexic Brains are Good Brains Too
Detours, Road Blocks & Getting there Eventually
The Upside of Imperfection
Turning my Reluctant Readers into Book Lovers
This is Normal, Apparently
The Perils of Thinking Straight
In Defence of Ritalin (and ADHD Kids)

Parenting Ideas
ideas to make life easier

The Lazy Mother's Guide to Defeating Dudgery
Tidy Up Song
Manner Jar
Morning Rush
Breakfast Brilliance
Road Trip Peace
Appreciation Training
Printable Reward Routine and Chore Charts
Weighted Blanket Tutorial (for sleep problems)

family fun

Play (what I learnt  at a Parenting course)
Stuff I'm Learning that's Changing Everything
Great Outdoors
Letting out the Leash
Confessions of a Lazy Mother - Party Edition

school holiday fun ideas

Wet Day Fun Ideas you can Do at Home
Impromptu Garden Party
School Holiday Impromptu Lego Party
Book Party (school holidays)
Garden Fairy Party *Just because*
Star Wars Party *Just Because*
How to Host a PopUp cafe in Your Garden